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New David Thompson Restaurant Aksorn Opens in Bangkok’s Hip Historic Charoenkrung

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The new David Thompson restaurant Aksorn is open in Bangkok’s hip historic Charoenkrung neighbourhood. I caught up with the Thailand-based Australian-born Thai chef yesterday to find out what it’s like to open a restaurant in Bangkok during a global pandemic, what he’s cooking, and how he’s enjoying clearing tables. Thailand-based Australian chef David Thompson opened ...

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Canggu, Bali

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This local guide to eating and drinking in Canggu, Bali, comes from Geoff Lindsay, the Aussie owner-chef of Salumeria Tanah Barak a Spuntini and Campari Bar in Canggu, Dandelion restaurant and the Crab Club Pop Up, Melbourne, and chef at Saigon Street in Seminyak, Bali. We’re big fans of Geoff Lindsay’s Vietnamese restaurant Dandelion in Melbourne (and his ...

Best Things to Do in Bali, from Rice Paddy Walks to Riding Mythical Waves

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The best things to do in Bali for us aren't the things you gawk at in tourism ads or highlight in travel guides. In keeping with our preference for the slow, the local and experiential, they're as low-key and laidback as strolls through rice paddies and learning to cook Balinese food. We loved the side of Bali that we experienced when we ...

Banteay Chhmar Homestay, Living Like Locals Amid Ruins in Cambodia

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Banteay Chhmar, just a two and a half hour drive from Siem Reap in northwest Cambodia, offers a chance to live like locals in a rustic Banteay Chhmar homestay in a village set amidst the Khmer Empire-era ruins of the garrison city. We’ve just returned to Siem Reap from the sprawling Angkor-era archaeological site, where our ...

Culture, Heritage and Tourism: a Chat with Elizabeth Becker

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The American author of Overbooked: the Global Business of Travel and Tourism, award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker was in Siem Reap recently for the UNWTO and UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture. I chatted to her about culture, heritage and sustainable tourism in Cambodia. Elizabeth Becker kick-started her writing career in 1972 as a war correspondent ...

Cambodian Rock and Roll History with the Cambodian Space Project

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Cambodian rock and roll captivated the country in the pre-war years when legendary crooners like Sinn Sisamouth and divas such as Ros Sereywothea and Pan Ron got the country dancing. Thanks to the Cambodian Space Project people are listening to the swinging sounds of Cambodia’s Golden Age once again. UPDATE 20 March 2018: Cambodia is heartbroken today. Kak ...

Cambodian Space Project – A Chat with Kak Channthy and Julien Poulsen

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Cambodian Space Project is a freewheeling, psychedelic Cambodian rock group founded by Cambodian singer Srey Channthy and Australian musician Julien Poulson. They formed the band to bridge their respective cultures by performing Cambodian rock and roll covers from the pre-war years. UPDATE 20 March 2018: Cambodia is heartbroken today. Kak Channthy, the effervescent singer of the ...

Halloween in Siem Reap

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As it’s Halloween tomorrow night we thought we’d share some images from Halloween in Siem Reap last year. Whether you like Halloween or not, participating in festivals and events or celebrating holidays when you travel is a fantastic way to meet locals. First, a confession: we've never been into Halloween and never really participated until ...